Best Winter Hikes Near Denver Colorado

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Colorado’s Best Winter Hikes Near Denver

Are you ready for the winter hikes near Denver? Much of Colorado is winter wonderland from November to April, that’s why we are the best skiing destination in the world–well, we think so. I think we are also the best winter hiking destination in the world. Be sure to download our Free Hiking Guide to help you prepare and pack smart for your dayhikes.

Criteria for Choosing These Winter Hikes Near Denver, Colorado


  • These trails are generally easy to get to. Snow and weather can make the drive to the trailhead an adventure in and of itself, so I tried to identify hikes that were more accessible.
  • Most of these hiking trails have areas where you are a bit more protected from the wind. I avoided hikes like the Flatirons Vista near Boulder where you’re exposed to the wind the entire time.
  • Beginners and families should be able to hike these together. If you are concerned about the difficulty of a hike, go over to our contact page and send me some questions about the hike you’re going to take, or just ask for a recommendation.


Explore all of these Colorado winter hikes below. Before you do, I want to draw special attention to our three hikes that I think are the best in the winter.

Our Top 7 Winter Hikes Near Denver Colorado

Hikes in Roxborough State Park

  • Hikes in Roxborough State Park

  • Distance: 2.3 to 6.2 miles
    Drive Time from Denver: 45 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    The contrast of massive red rock formations against the soft, white snow makes winter hikes in Roxborough feel like a walk through a fantasy world. Check out the list of Roxborough State Park Trails we’ve profiled below. Take note that State Park fee is required.

     

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    South Valley Park Trails

  • South Valley Park Trails

  • Distance: .5 mile to 3 miles
    Drive Time from Denver: 30 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    The South Valley Park Trails is another great choice for hiking during winter in South Denver. The valley just near the neighborhood of Ken Caryl, enclosed by the red rock formations, transforms gracefully into a white adorned work of God combined with the red highlights from the rocks.

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    Hikes at Red Rocks Park

  • Hikes at Red Rocks Park

  • Distance: 6 miles Round Trip and 1.4-mile Loop
    Drive Time from Denver: 25-30 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    Red Rocks Park gives can be hiked in two different trails. Once could experience wandering through the meadows just east of the magnificent red rock formations that this park is named after. Close to Denver, the Red Rocks Park hikes are great for winter hikes that can be easily accessed due to its proximity. And who wouldn’t want to witness a cave carved into the sandstone? During winter, it’s a different story but altogether beautiful. Below are the two hikes that are profiled for Red Rocks Park:

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    Mount Falcon Castle & Tower Hike

  • Mount Falcon Castle & Tower Hike

  • Distance: 2.3-mile Loop
    Drive Time from Denver: 40 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    This winter hike will give you views quite different from the other two: you’ll take in views of Colorado’s snow-flanked Front Range, and views of Denver stretched out below you. This might be a more difficult drive if the weather is bad, but I believe they keep the road plowed through the winter season.

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    Castlewood Canyon State Park Trails

  • Castlewood Canyon State Park Trails

  • Distance: 1/4 mile to 4 miles
    Drive Time from Denver: 50 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    Castlewood Canyon State Park is hidden in the plains and it’s often an overlooked State park of Colorado. When it snows turns into a winter wonderland. The park can be explored either by hiking or rock climbing since it’s a geologically beautiful wonderful place to get lost in. The trails feature these collectively: a waterfall, a stream, homestead ruins, caves and clefts. We’ve profiled for you the trails you could hike in winter in Castlewood Canyon State Park:

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    Emerald Lake Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Emerald Lake Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Distance: 3.6 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 2 Hours
    Difficulty: Moderate
    You’re likely going to need snowshoes for this one. You’ll weave past three lakes to a jaw-dropping view of frozen Emerald Lake and Hallet Peak. The best place to rent snowshoes is at the Estes Park Mountain Shop.

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    Mt. Galbraith Loop via the Cedar Gulch Trail

  • Mt. Galbraith Loop via the Cedar Gulch Trail

Distance: 4.9-mile Lollipop
Drive Time from Denver: 25 Minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
Mt. Galbraith near Golden, Colorado has spectacular views into two canyons and into the city of Golden. The trail is about a 25-minute drive from Denver, and it makes for a quick escape from anyone’s busy life in the urban area, so take the opportunity to breathe in the fresh air of the foothills. This trail is another great hike for winter and is perfect for avid hikers but still accessible to beginners.

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Explore Our Winter Wonderland Hikes Near Denver Colorado

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Alberta Falls Hike at Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park is full of waterfalls and this hike takes you to one of the most accessible waterfalls in the park. Alberta Falls is one of the most popular, short destination hikes in the park, and for good reason. If you only have time for one short hike on the East Side of RMNP, this is a ...
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Alderfer and Three Sisters Park

This park in Evergreen, Colorado is a family favorite of some of our good friends. They have two young daughters and love to hike Alderfer and Three Sisters. The park has so many trails that the network can get confusing, so download the Alderfer trail map or pick one up at the trailhead. Scroll down for more information on this ...
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Bear Creek Trail at Lair o' the Bear Park

Bear Creek Trail at Lair o’ the Bear Park

Lair o' the Bear is, in our family's opinion, the best family hike near Denver. First, the drive into the canyon on Bear Creek road is beautiful. Once at the park you'll find great hiking trail options, the cool water of bear creek, great parking, and some good picnic spots. There are open areas as well as shade. Our one ...
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Bear Lake Hike at Rocky Mountain National Park

Bear Lake Hike at Rocky Mountain National Park

From Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park (just 2 hours from Denver), you can launch out on dozens of hiking adventures, trails that range from less than a mile to full day treks back into Glacier Gorge or Andrews Creek. If you are visiting Colorado and looking for a high variety of trails or just a good place to ...
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Canyon Loop Trail - Betasso Preserve, Boulder

Canyon Loop Trail – Betasso Preserve, Boulder

This hike at Betasso Preserve near Boulder, Colorado makes for a perfect evening escape to watch the sunset over the town below. You'll cross through meadows dotted with wildflowers then under stands of Ponderosa pine that eventually open up to views to east. Explore the hiking trail profiles and map link below for details ...
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Canyon View Nature Trail at Castlewood Canyon

Castlewood Canyon cuts a unique and green landscape into the plains near Denver. It's not the mountains, but it's worth the drive. Castlewood Canyon State Park has created this beautiful paved trail that follows the canyon rim ...
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Castlewood Canyon State Park Trails

Because Castlewood Canyon State Park is hidden in the plains--and not the mountains--near Denver, it's often an overlooked State park of Colorado. But, whether you're hiking or rock climbing it's a beautiful and geologically unusual place to explore. It boasts a waterfall, ...
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Clear Creek Trail in Golden Colorado

Clear Creek Trail in Downtown Golden

Want a hike to please everyone? The Clear Creek Trail in Golden, Colorado is it! It's got shade, the kids can bring their bikes, and you can finish your hike with a stroll around downtown. We might get some flack for calling this a hike, because it runs through the business district of Golden, CO.But you can wear the soles ...
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Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

The hike to Dream Lake is one of the popular destination hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park--and for good reason. In the early morning hours, Dream Lake is a vision straight out of a fairy tale. This 2.2-mile, out-and-back hike begins at the Bear Lake trailhead, and passes ...
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Elk Meadow Park – South Loop

Elk Meadow Park is a great place to hike with your family, if you have little ones, or if you just want to talk with a friend as you hike and take in great views of Colorado. It is important to know that the adjacent off-leash dog park has been closed. Get all the info you need to hike Elk ...
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Emerald Lake Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

Emerald Lake Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

The hike to Emerald Lake is one of the most accessible hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park. If you are visiting RMNP, and have limited time to visit, the trail to Emerald Lake is an excellent option. You'll pass both Dream Lake and Nymph lake before you end your hike at Emerald Lake and it's stunning views of Hallet Peak ...
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Fountain Valley Trail at Roxborough State Park

The Fountain Valley trail in Colorado's Roxborough State Park is the Garden of the God's of Denver. It's more secluded than Red Rocks park, and features several trails that take you beyond the park boundaries and into the foothills. The Fountain Valley Trail is a perfect place to start because it features the best part of the park, it's towering ...
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Map of Best Winter Hikes Near Denver Colorado